Book review by
Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media
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Exciting ocean fantasy adventure starts series.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 9 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Positive Messages

The kids in the book navigate a world that is more adult.


A boy almost drowns and two men are attacked by gray seals. A girl smacks another girl at school after she makes fun of her. Some scary situations in which children are frightened or worried.


Discussion of a man falling in love with a woman and running away with her, leaving behind a pregnant lover.


A boy swears but all we see is: *&@#!%*


Kit Kat

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there are some scary situations (none graphic) and kids deal with the loss of a parent. One swear word uttered by a boy is written like this: *&@#!%*

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byfunny222 April 7, 2012


i think that INGO is amazing book its thrilling and exciting I'm only half way through the book and i love i can put it down. i encourage all those little... Continue reading
Parent of a 10-year-old Written byTrifleTower May 6, 2010


My son and i have both read all 3 of the ingo books. Loved them! (me more than him in fact *blushes*)
Kid, 12 years old November 27, 2013


It was such a good book because at one point you start questioning yourself is he coming back? where is he? who is he talking too?
you will love it
Kid, 12 years old September 9, 2012

Wonderful books

I read this when I was really young, like 7 or 8 and I loved it tons. I read all the books in the series and was so in love with these books. Anybody over the a... Continue reading

What's the story?

When Sapphire and Conor's dad mysteriously disappears, most people believe he's dead. Ever hopeful, Conor begins sneaking off to the ocean to look for him. Sapphire follows and discovers a world of wonder, excitement, and danger that their family is strangely connected to. Could her new friends lead to her father?

Is it any good?

The first in a series, this is the kind of book that gets kids excited about reading. Helen Dunmore weaves an exciting, masterful tale of mermaids, mystery, and mythology. She keeps readers on the edge of their seats as they journey with Sapphy and Conor through the world of Ingo. What is this new place and how is it connected to Sapphy and Conor's father, and to them? How can they find him without getting lost themselves? Dunmore keeps readers guessing while treating them to beautiful scenery and fantastic adventures.

Character development is key to a good story and Dunmore allows her characters to mature as they become involved in more adult circumstances. Sapphy grows from being carried like a child in the first chapter to a person able to harness the power of Ingo. Her relationship with her brother changes and strengthens. They both recognize strengths and weaknesses in each other and readers will be drawn to their vulnerability and curiosity. Sapphy narrates the story with quick wit and a realism readers will enjoy.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about using the rationale of "the ends justifying the means." Faro believed it was OK to do anything to protect the ocean against pollution and human interference. Was he correct? When have you seen people use this rationale?

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